Brian C. Chao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor National Security Affairs
Brian C. Chao faculty photo


Brian C. Chao researches great-power relations, naval power and geostrategy, and US Indo-Asia-Pacific defense and foreign policies. His work appears in “Navies in Multipolar Worlds: From the Age of Sail to the Present" (Routledge), “Security, Development and Sustainability in Asia: A World Scientific Reference on Major Policy and Development Issues of 21st Century Asia” (World Scientific), International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, and Territory, Politics, Governance, among others. He teaches theater and national-security decision-making, as well as an elective course on Taiwan. He is also an associate of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Contemporary China.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Foreign Policy
  • Geopolitics
  • International Relations
  • Maritime Strategy
  • National Security
  • Taiwan

Professional Highlights


Research Fellow

Appointment as 2022-23 research fellow of the United States Military Academy's Modern War Institute.

Assistant Professor

Tenure-track appointment as assistant professor in the Naval War College's National Security Affairs Department.


Appointment as non-resident associate in the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Study of Contemporary China.

Research Associate, East Asia

Full-time researcher in East Asia national security-related science and technology issues at Defense Group Inc.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2020, Political Science

A.M., University of Pennsylvania, 2016, Political Science

A.B. (cum laude), Dartmouth College, 2009, Government with High Honors

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Research Contributions and Publications

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